Mark Villar

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Mark Villar
Mark A. Villar dpwh portrait.png
Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Assumed office
August 1, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRafael Yabut (acting)
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Las Piñas' Lone District
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byCynthia Villar
Succeeded byEmmeline A. Villar (caretaker)
Personal details
Mark Aguilar Villar

(1978-08-14) August 14, 1978 (age 40)[1]
Las Piñas, Philippines
Political partyNacionalista Party
Spouse(s)Emmeline Yan Aglipay
ChildrenEmma Therese
ParentsManuel Villar
Cynthia Villar
ResidenceLas Piñas, Metro Manila
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago

Mark Aguilar Villar (born August 14, 1978) is a Filipino politician and businessman currently serving as Secretary of Public Works and Highways of the Philippines. He is the son of former Senate President and 2010 presidential candidate Manny Villar and incumbent Senator Cynthia Villar. He served as Representative of Las Piñas in the Philippine House of Representatives and has also previously held executive positions in his family's real estate businesses. A member of the Nacionalista Party, Villar accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to join his Cabinet on May 17, 2016 and assumed office upon his resignation from Congress on August 1, 2016 replacing Rafael Yabut.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Villar was born on August 14, 1978 to real estate tycoon and politician Manny Villar and his wife, Senator Cynthia Villar. He is the second of three children, with an older brother, Paolo, and younger sister, Camille. He attended the International School Manila in Makati, Metro Manila before moving to the United States to pursue higher education.[4] He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also finished his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.[2]

On his return to the Philippines, he worked for 10 years in the family's real estate business. He was President of Crown Asia Corporation before becoming Managing Director of Vista Land & Lifescapes.[4]

Political career[edit]

Villar was first elected to public office in 2010 as congressman of the lone district of Las Piñas, succeeding his mother, Cynthia Villar, a three-term representative who became senator. During his term, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, as well as Vice Chairman of the House Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Science and Technology.[2]

As a member of the 15th and 16th Congress, he authored several bills on education, health and livelihood, including the Negosyo Act promoting micro finance and the Lemon Law protecting buyers of motor vehicles. He was also one of the proponents of the Co-Loading Act which opened domestic transport and shipping to foreign vessels.[2]

Villar ran for a third term during the 2016 elections and won. A special election will be held to replace Villar who joined the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte on August 1, 2016.[5] Pending the special election to be held in Las Piñas to fill in Villar's seat in the lower house, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has designated his wife, Emmeline Aglipay Villar, as interim representative.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Villar is married to fellow lawmaker, DIWA Party-list Representative Emmeline Yan Aglipay. They have a daughter, Emma Therese.[6]


  1. ^ "Villar, Mark A." Politiko. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Villar son accepts public works portfolio". ABS-CBN News. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cayabyab, M.J. (2 August 2016). "Villar resigns as Las Piñas rep, takes on DPWH post". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b Vasquez, D.C. (14 June 2014). "Born into it". The Standard. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  5. ^ Depasupil, W. (20 May 2016). "Comelec to conduct Las Piñas special polls". The Manila Times. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ Pizarro, S. (3 June 2016). "Cong. Mark Villar focuses on family". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Cynthia Villar
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Las Piñas' Lone District
Succeeded by
Emmeline Aglipay Villar
Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Yabut
Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Emmanuel Piñol
as Secretary of Agriculture
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Succeeded by
Leonor Briones
as Secretary of Education